Toni Hume from B&H; Rural Supplies in Tiaro with one of the generators up and running to power the town. Tiaro was without power for three days.
Toni Hume from B&H; Rural Supplies in Tiaro with one of the generators up and running to power the town. Tiaro was without power for three days. Alistair Brightman

Power to the people

MASSIVE generators were trucked into Tiaro yesterday, much to the relief of the community which had been without electricity for three days.

The small township was completely isolated by floodwaters from Sunday to yesterday morning and without power since Monday.

Owners of Tiaro Foodworks Janine and Darren Sweetnam worked around the clock to keep their generator going so they could keep the community's only grocery store open to stranded residents.

"It's been a very hard couple of days," Ms Sweetnam said.

"Darren slept here every night to keep the generator going - it's gone through 600 litres of diesel."

B and H Rural Supplies were inundated yesterday as floodwaters receded and rural residents were able to stock up on feed for livestock.

"People have been desperate for feed," owner Toni Hume said. "Many have been affected badly, but none I've spoken to have lost livestock - they were prepared after the floods in 2011."

Several homes in Tiaro were inundated by floodwaters from the swollen Mary River, most of which were located on Blackmount Rd.

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